CAA consultation on the regulatory arrangements for air traffic control

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14th February 2019

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The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation on the regulatory arrangements for air traffic control over the period 2020-24 (known as ‘Reference Period 3’). This period will see a fundamental change to air traffic control services to meeting rising demand for air travel through South-East England, as well as the introduction of safer and more efficient operations across the North Atlantic.

CEPA has been supporting the CAA in developing its regulatory proposals for NATS – the monopoly provider of most air traffic control services in the UK. We advised the CAA on how to incentivise NATS to: reduce carbon emissions by adopting more efficient flight paths, reduce noise impact on overflown communities, reduce delays, and improve the resilience of its services. The CAA’s proposals form part of the Single European Sky initiative.


CAA’s consultation document is available online together with CEPA’s report on NATS cost allocation.

To find out more about the transport sector expertise offered by CEPA, please contact Richard Rodger (T. +44 (0)20 7269 0210).